Is China the next America? Part 1: The ‘death’ of the American Founding Fathers
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
The American Founding Fathers believed that the United States of America would be a beacon of freedom for the entire world. Sixth US President John Adams told Congress that America “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” That was a self-evident truth for almost a century until in 1898 when under shadowy pretexts, the United States declared war on the Spanish Empire and came out victorious four months later and in possession of Philippines, Cuba and a number of islands. It became embroiled in both the First and Second World War although most citizens were against America’s entry in the European fray. American Marines were stationed all over Latin America throughout the 20th century propping up murderous regimes in their fight against communism and on the behalf of large companies.In Korea and Vietnam tens of thousands of men were lost in undeclared illegal wars. After the fall of communism in the early 1990s however, many believed an era of peace would begin: the end of history was upon us. George W. Bush Sr. nevertheless took the opportunity to invade Iraq and Bill Clinton bombed Somalia and Serbia. All these military operations were conducted under the pretext of spreading the American values of ‘peace and democracy’ but have not been without consequences.
In the past few years, much has been written about the eventual decline and fall of American hegemony with many holding the belief that a ‘New World Order’ will soon arise without America as a central and pivotal player. The actions taken by the United States in response to the September 11 attacks by the Republican Bush Administration are believed to have led to the current problems facing the entire world. With the economic rise of China, the endless wars in the Middle East region and the with the financial crisis occurring in the United States one can sense the eventual collapse of the leading global imperial power. However, despite these conditions occurring in the United States it would be ignorant to simply state that China will become the next super world power. China also has a stream of problems ranging from its economy, its environmental conditions and the rising social problems occurring in the country. As such each of the social factors will be examined in the following blogs posts and eventually we will see whether or not China is indeed the next world power and will replace the American Hegemony.